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New look, but same old Biking Bis

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Whoa! What happened to Biking Bis?

No worries. You’ve found it.

This is the same blog that’s been spinning out bicycling posts for the past seven years. It just looks a little different.

Last year, my website host alerted its members that it had to discontinue its use of the Blogware platform and invited everyone to migrate over to WordPress.

Even though my host would do the bulk of the heavy lifting, I pretty much dragged my feet to get started.

In the past month, my new website host, PressHarbor, has migrated more than 6,300 of my blog posts and photos over to the new platform and taken care of the redirects for some 70 web pages comprising mainly bike ride calendars.

I’ve been trying to bring myself up to speed on WordPress during that time and ensure that I could offer the same content as the old site, now known as Legacy Biking Bis (that’s the final front page, above).

Road map

It’s pretty much all here, just in different places.

The front page is a list of the 10 most recent blog posts. You can search for previous stories through Google (presently in the footer), in the category list or the calendar.

Commenting should be easier, so I hope to get your feedback on these changes, as well as the blog posts and webpages you visit on this site. Unfortunately, transfering the comments would wipe all the names and replace them with “anonymous,” so I chose to just start with a clean slate on the post comments.

The menu above is new. “Home,” “About” and “Links” are self-explanatory. “Bike Rides” is a quick way to get to the indexes for bike rides in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho, as well as charity bike rides, across-state bike tours. “Bike Touring,” “Advocacy” and “Northwest Cycling” are quick links to stories in those categories.

Right now, I have the two sidebars on the right side, but that may change. The “Upcoming events” lists mostly bike rides. Below that is an Active.com widget that directs you to bike rides near whatever zip code you enter.

The sidebars also house my twitter feed, a bicycle photo feed from flickr, and more links.

I’m experimenting with the RSS feeds, and I’m open to suggestions for feeds to pick up.

Let me know if you like it, or if you have any suggestions on some features I could stick in the sidebars. As I learn more about WordPress, I expect to come up with more improvements.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/29/new-look-but-same-old-biking-bis/

5 comments

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  1. Russell

    The new site looks great! Congratulations completing the changeover.

  2. Russell

    The web site looks great! Congratulations!

  3. Randy

    Looks great, Gene! I like the theme; it’s nice and clean and well-organized.

  4. Becky

    Nice job baby! Clean, Organized.

  5. Jack

    Ok, OK, I just had to make sure I’m registered, otherwise it looks good.

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